Chris de Burgh released his first single, ‘Hold On’ back in 1974, but it wasn’t until 1986 that he became a household name in America. In 1986, he released his 8th studio album, Into the Light and scored his first and only top 40 hit on the Hot 100. ‘The Lady In Red’ wasn’t just a top 40 hit, it was a massive hit worldwide topping the charts in Ireland, Norway, and the UK, and it peaked at number three on the Hot 100 charts in America.
He wrote the song in reference to his wife Diane, who used to come and watch him perform at his parents’ hotel. He said the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.
Below are some of our favorite videos of the song. Enjoy this look back at one of the ’80s most romantic songs!